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CAGLIARI

Man arrested for using Facebook to arrange sex with minors

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Cagliari, Sardinia, April 9 - Police on Tuesday
arrested a 45-year-old man who used Facebook to meet underage
girls and who then forced them into sexual acts and
prostitution.
Vito Sodi, an electrician from Monastir, a town near the
Sardinian capital of Cagliari, was arrested by a unit of the
Carabinieri police and accused of aggravated sexual assault,
sexual acts with minors and prostitution.
According to the victims, Sodi would connect with minors on
the social network and then invite them to meet.
At meetings he would then threaten to kill them unless they
performed sexual acts and in some cases he even "sold" them to
Cagliari nightclubs, where they were then forced to prostitute
themselves.
Most of the victims were little girls, including one
nine-year-old.
The arrests come after a two-year investigation that began
when Carabinieri received the first, anonymous complaints.
Sodi made things worse for himself when during a round of
police questioning he showed a video to the authorities in which
he was seen with a little girl who he said was his girlfriend
who he brought with him "around to night clubs".
Despite the death threats, the girls - identified through
collaboration between police and social services - came forward
to file complaints against Sodi.
The preliminary hearing judge, Giampaolo Casula, granted
prosecutors' requests for precautionary custody for Sodi as he
had continued to use Facebook to arrange new encounters even as
he was being investigated.
A search of Sodi's house turned up CDs, DVDs and
videocassettes which authorities suspect may contain video
footage of the sexual violence.

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